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5 minutes with photographer Jason Eric Hardwick
We get into the mindset of this young fashion photographer to hear how he work and gain inspiration.

K: Tell us more about the work you do
JEH: I’m a young fashion photographer based in New York City. Right now my concentration is laying out a proper foundation for my career to grow on, building something that will last. I’m on it every day, keeping contacts fresh, brainstorming, accumulating equipment, etc. Like any artist doing what they do, my work goes in the direction of my interests and state of mind. I think once more people/clients discover who I am, what I do, and what I’m about…it’s going to be a lot of fun.

K: What inspired you to be a photographer?
JEH: I love the medium, I love the process, I love the possibilities. Before photography, I was more involved with drawing & painting. In my experience, having this background is a great advantage. It fits how I think and work, I like to create the photo on paper first, then work out all of the details. Details such as what is happening with hair/makeup/ styling and lighting, in relationship with the direction I want to take the project. On the day of the shoot, I know exactly where I’m going with each shot. As far as what inspired me to be a photographer, down to the principle…my family always encouraged me to do what makes me happy… the best and most meaningful advice anyone can give. It always makes since. The greatest things are usually the most simple.

K: Where or what do you do to get inspiration?
JEH: My inspiration comes more from the ‘what’ rather than the ‘where.’ If there is an inspiring location, all it takes is a recollection for me to relocate. Talent inspires me, I love hearing great music created be dedicated musicians. When music becomes a creative medium, something very special happens. Also, being involved every day in the business is something that keeps me motivated. Furthermore, good friends that are equally as passionate and interested about what they do are a very positive influence to my workflow. Another great inspirational source is natural elements I experience in present time that remind me of experiences and thoughts from my childhood. When this happens it is never a subtle moment, it always insists my attention and rolls out rich ideas for projects. By natural elements, I mean something as simple as a gust of wind or a drop of cold water. All it takes is hint of suggestion for us to remember. Inspiration is everywhere. Opposites are very attractive to me. Whether it be straight forward or obscure. Something dark in a warm environment, antique ideas with new function. I like to apply this mindset of opposites into my work.

K: So have you managed to meet lots of famous people?
JEH: There have been many, and they have all been good experiences. My greatest encounter by far with someone famous was meeting Robert Longo at his “The Outward and Visible Signs of an Inward and Invisible Grace” show opening. Robert is someone whose work I greatly admire. Even better, he was very kind.

K: Which project has been the strangest to you?
JEH: It takes a lot for something to be strange to me. I love things that aren’t perfect. Flaws within ourselves are meant to be recognized and acknowledged, and often at times embraced. So things that are strange and may come off as odd and unfavorable, are things I tend to gravitate towards.

K: Do you think you have the chance of changing things in the world as a photographer?
JEH: As daunting the task may seem, I do believe there are things each of us can do. Single handled, no, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Voice is a powerful thing, but voice is meant to be heard by others. It takes a collaboration of great people. In my time I would love to be part of many projects that are out to change things for the better, be it humanities, environmental, or something as seemingly easy as peace.

K: Where do you hope to see yourself in five years time?
JEH: There’s a really amazing overhead mirror in NYC on 15th street between 8th & 9th Avenue on the north side of the street closer to 8th Ave. The mirror itself isn’t amazing, but the fact that you can view yourself at a bird’s eye view walking through the streets is quite amazing. Hahaha, on a serious note, in five years time, I hope to be working on projects I love, and work with clients that believe in me and my ideas. There’s nothing I want more from my career than having creative flexibility and resources to work on my most extravagant ideas. That is where I want to be.

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